Gardeners World episode 31 2019: It is the time of year for assessing borders, and this week Monty Don gives tips on moving plants which are in the wrong place or have outgrown their space, shows how to store chillies and harvests the last of his tomatoes.
Rachel de Thame returns to Longmeadow to talk to Monty about her return to health and to plant up pots for spring colour.
Nick Bailey travels to the Highlands in Scotland to find out about a project which is contributing to worldwide plant conservation. Garden historian Advolly Richmond uncovers the fun and frolic behind the design of the Painswick Rococo Garden in Gloucestershire. Joe Swift and Flo Headlam lend their skills to a project that is committed to turning an unpromising patch of ground into a thriving community hub, and keen flower gardener Arthur Parkinson shows how he has filled his mother’s front garden in Nottinghamshire with pots full of colour.
Gardeners World episode 31 2019
How to prune climbing roses
Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. If left, climbing roses can become a tangled mess of branches with very few flowers. Although often considered complicated, rose pruning is not difficult if you follow this guide.
This method is suitable for climbing roses. Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between a climbing rose and a rambling rose. The easiest way to tell the difference is to take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer and well into autumn, while a rambling rose usually flowers only once, normally around June.
Dividing perennials in Gardeners World episode 31 2019
Dividing perennials regularly will ensure healthy, vigorous plants that will continue to perform year after year. It also offers the opportunity to multiply your plants. Most perennials benefit from division every two to three years to maintain health and vigour. If you want to increase the number of plants you have by dividing them, the task can be done more regularly. Plants can be divided successfully at almost any time if they are kept well-watered afterwards. However, division is most successful when the plants are not in active growth.
Moving trees and shrubs
Any tree or shrub will suffer some degree of stress when uprooted. The shock of transplanting or moving can be lessened if the task is carried out correctly.
Growing tree ferns
Tree ferns are slow-growing architectural plants with spreading fronds above a thick trunk. They make striking plants for a sheltered, shady garden. Tree ferns thrive in a sheltered, humid and shaded position, with plenty of room so that the top of the plant can spread without crowding. Fronds on mature specimens may reach 2m (6ft) or more in length. They should be planted in humus-rich, neutral to slightly acid soil.